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Food Group Separation?

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Created July 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Kind of a left wing question, and I will probably get a mixed response for this. I believe that your body will use whatever it's given for fuel, and will store whatever is less desirable when you eat from all 3 macros at once.

That being said, if we consumed only one macro at a time (ie, protein only, carbs only, fat only) by meal, would we be more sated and allow our bodies to better use those things as fuel without the same fear of storage?

I know this seems crazy and a bit obsessive, and I'm not suggesting that I am going to try this, or that anyone else should. Just an inquiring minds type question for you all to weigh in on.

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on July 20, 2012
at 12:07 AM

I wonder how are you going to separate protein and fat? Any meat is a mixture. Unless you eat only rendered fat one day and protein powder the next day which is probably not paleo.

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on July 20, 2012
at 12:02 AM

Surely you mean out of left field rather than left wing. Far as I know, macronutrients and nutrition do not have any political affiliation.

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on July 20, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Surely you mean out of right field rather than left wing. Far as I know, macronutrients and nutrition do not have any political affiliation.

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at 10:53 PM

I tend to do this but more for digestion. Ideally I wouldn't eat carbs with fat because the insulin from the carbs causes the fat to be stored. But if you IF storing a bit of fat is somewhat necessary. In the end I probably have no idea what I'm talking about and it's just conjecture.

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on July 19, 2012
at 11:42 PM

No. Heck I'd be screwed considering I only eat one meal a day. But, in general protein and fat are good for slowing gastric emptying actually allowing you to better digest and absorb those foods that you ate. Has to do with cholecystokinin. This is a good thing, and I would say a good reason to pair your foods rather than separate them.

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on July 19, 2012
at 11:31 PM

No. This really doesn't work. We have all the enzymes to digest food in all it's various combinations. I can assure you that our ancestors did not evolve separating out their macronutrients.

In any case it really isn't possible to do this. Very few foods are pure or even close to pure protein, carb or fat. Real, natural food even less so. You'd be left eating poached chicken breast or protein powder tilapia for one meal, coconut oil or tallow for another, and very sweet fruit or honey for the next.

Try to eat that way and you'd be bingeing out of complete frustration and boredom by day 1.5. If you managed not to give into your bodies screams for real food it might work because you would reduce calories due to the total lack of food reward. Doesn't seem worth it for such a nutrient poor and unbalanced diet.

And doesn't a lovely green salad (not all carb, there's protein in leaves) with avocado (not just fat, there's carbs in there too) and some rare beef (protein and fat) sound better anyway?

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